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The Missouri State Fair is Almost Here!

Visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at the Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18, 2013, in Sedalia

The Missouri Geological Survey is marking 160 years of service to Missourians this year, so be sure to stop by the Womans Building to see our special anniversary exhibit and our impressive display of rocks, minerals and fossils.  The Womans Building is #14 on this map.  We are located near the Pepsi Grandstand.

Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18, 2013

Missouri Department of Natural Resources staff and exhibits will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the Missouri State Fair.  In addition to our special geology exhibits, we have a number of activities planned:

 

 

 

Geologists Encourage Reading!

Public Libraries Hold Adventure

Geology Books“Minerals in Everyday Life” was the topic earlier this month during the Rolla Public Library’s Summer Reading Program when Vicki Voigt, one of our staff geologists, gave a  presentation about uses of minerals in society.  Children were able to ask questions and inspect the impressive rocks, minerals and fossils Vicki brought with her to the library.  Tailored for children K-6th grade students this program was very well-attended.

Vicki Voigt at Rolla Public LibraryEqually well-attended was the “Rock Road Show” which was open to all ages.  This event featured a “Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set” activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify.  See more photos!

The Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program offers other activities for children and adults through most of July.  See the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Neil Elfrink at Rolla Public LibraryPlan to visit the Rolla Public Library or your area library this summer to check out their books about rocks, minerals and fossils.

Visit our online store for geology books and other items [missourigeologystore.com] and if your summer plans include a trip through Rolla, be sure to stop by our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology.   The museum is open for self-guided tours weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla, Missouri.  Admission is free.

 

Rock Road Show for the Entire Family at the Rolla Public Library Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set!

Learn about Rocks, Minerals and FossilsEveryone is encouraged to visit the Rolla Public Library Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. to create their own rock kit!

Neil Elfrink, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey, will be available to help identify the rocks and minerals that are going into the kits. So, bring any you have that you would like him to identify.

This event is free to all who participate!  Read more about the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program.  Check out the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Learn more about the Missouri Geological Survey, and did you know we are celebrating 160 years of service to Missourians this year?  Visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, take a self-guided tour – admission is free!  Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.

Children K-6th Grade Have Opportunity to Learn About Geology at the Rolla Public Library Monday, June 3 and Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dig Into Reading Program

Minerals in Everyday Life Minerals in Everyday Life is the topic Monday, June 3 during the Summer Reading Program at the Rolla Public Library.  Vicki Voigt, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey will give an informative  presentation about minerals that may surprise you.  Vicki will have a number of impressive minerals on hand during the presentation.

Children who will be attending Kindergarten through 3rd grade next school year are invited to attend the 1-1:30 p.m. session.

Children going into grades 4-6 are invited to attend the 3-3:45 p.m. session.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. to create their own rock kit.  Neil Elfrink, a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey, will be available to help identify the rocks and minerals that are going into the kits. So, bring any you have that you would like him to identify

Read more about the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program.  Check out the brochure.  The Rolla Public Library is located at 900 Pine Street, Rolla.

Learn more about the Missouri Geological Survey, and did you know we are celebrating 160 years of service to Missourians this year?  Visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, take a self-guided tour – admission is free!  Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.

 

 

 

See Our Impressive Meteorite Exhibit this Summer!

Collection of Space Rocks on Loan

Visit us this summer and see the impressive display of meteorites in the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology.  A space rock smaller than approximately one yard across will likely burn up completely during passage through Earth’s atmosphere.  This is what we see as meteors (shooting stars) and fireballs.  Larger space rocks up to approximately 10 yards across have a good chance of landing intact or in pieces on the Earth as meteorites.

Self-guided tours of the museum are available to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free!  Closed on Holidays, we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Admission is free of charge.  Check our website for more information.

 

We’re Just Two Weeks Away From Our Open House

Help us celebrate 160 years of service to Missourians

Join us for special presentations April 22-26, 2013Everyone is invited to attend our special Lunch and Learn presentations April 22-26, 2013, visit with staff, see special exhibits, and tour our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology to learn about the contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri.

Register during the Open House to win a stay at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park.  Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park is a geologic jewel of the Missouri State Park System, a place with something for everyone.

You may also win four passes to tour Onondaga Cave, in Onondaga Cave State Park.  Onondaga Cave is one of America’s most spectacular, with 1.5 miles of passages decorated with towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, active flowstones, grotto salamanders and more.

Our museum is located in the Buehler Building, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla.  Self-guided tours are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Lunch and Learn presentations will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the adjacent Annex Building.  Pack a lunch and join us!  Admission to the museum and presentations is free of charge.  Parking is available in front and back of both buildings.  Check our website for the schedule for presentations and read more about us.

Come see us in Springfield Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

We’ll be at the 45th Annual Gem and Jewelry Show

If you are in Springfield, Mo., Saturday, be sure to stop by the 45th Annual Gem and Jewelry Show, to be held at the Expo Center, 653 E. St. Louis Street.  This very popular show is sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.

Vicki Voigt, one of our geologists, will host an informational booth and give a presentation about minerals in everyday life.  Doors open Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. The show resumes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $3 for adults.  Gate proceeds fund local scholarships.

Earth Science WeekVicki’s presentation is taking place during Earth Science Week.  This year’s theme is “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.” Learn about careers in geology.

Other presenters will provide demonstrations about flint knapping, silversmithing and more.  And of course, a variety of jewelry items, gems, minerals, fossils and other items will be available for purchase from vendors Saturday and Sunday.

Geologic Map Day

Visit our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology on Geologic Map Day to learn more about geologic maps.  Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla.  Admission to our museum is always free.

What Are You Doing National Fossil Day 2012 – Wednesday, Oct. 17?

Celebrate Earth Science Week With Us!

Stop by our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Wednesday, Oct. 17 and celebrate National Fossil Day with us.  In addition to seeing our impressive display of fossils, visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections.

The third annual National Fossil Day is being held during Earth Science Week.  Gov. Jay Nixon declared the week of Oct. 14 through Oct. 20 as Earth Science Week 2012 to bring awareness to the fact that earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.

“Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” was selected by the American Geosciences Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2012 to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the field. Through careers in geology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, paleontology, earth science education and many other fields, they enhance our understanding of Earth processes and improve the quality of human life. Organized in 1998 by American Geosciences Institute, the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey and other sponsors participate as a service to the public and the geoscience community. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Park Service and other major geoscience groups.

Learn about other activities planned for Earth Science Week.

 

 

Learn about the Mines of Phelps County Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Celebrate Earth Science Week With Us!

Neil Elfrink, one of our geologists will give a 30-minute presentation about the mining in Phelps County Tuesday, Oct. 16. Neil’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holloway House, 10th and Holloway, Rolla, Mo. There will be time for questions. This event is sponsored by the Phelps County Genealogical Society. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

This special presentation is being held during Earth Science Week, which is October 14-20 and special exhibits will be on display at our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology during Earth Science Week. For example, Wednesday, Oct. 17, is National Fossil Day when visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections.

A highlight of this year’s activities will include the first-ever Geologic Map Day. Geologic Map Day will be held Friday, Oct. 19 to promote awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Special exhibits and maps will be on display in the museum.

Located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla, the museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free.

 

Geology at a “Glance”

See clearly the importance of Missouri sandstone

Massive St. Peter Sandstone

St. Peter Sandstone is a historic and present-day source of sand mined in Missouri for glass manufacture. MoDNR Photo.

Look through the window of your house or your car, or maybe even your water glass and you are probably looking at sand.  Actually, you are looking through a product made from a very pure form of silica sand (silicon dioxide, or SiO2), and there is a chance it originated as a part of Missouri geology.  Sand has been mined for glass manufacture in Missouri since the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company began operating in Jefferson County in the 1870s.  This sand is mined from a formation called the St. Peter Sandstone which is highly pure quartz sandstone.  Recently, producers have been putting nearly half a million tons of this Missouri based industrial mineral into the market each year for that purpose.  Take the opportunity throughout the day to realize how often you see or use a glass product.  You may be looking right through some Missouri geology.  Learn more about this important resource.